Monthly Archives: September 2013

2013 sculptures at Bernice Garden

The Bernice Garden unveiled six new sculptures last night at its fifth annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest. The yearly party celebrates the sculptures and the artists who made them, and also gives the South Main community a first glimpse at the public works of art.

The deadline for artists to submit sculpture proposals is in the spring, and chosen artists (or teams of artists) are given a budget for their piece. The selected sculptures for 2013-14 will be installed for a year.… Read more >

Pal Joey at The Rep

The Rep opened its 2013–2014 season last Friday with a production of Pal Joey, directed by Tony Award-winning Peter Schneider. The show is a derivative of the 1940 musical by Rodgers and Hart about Joey Evans, an ambitious young entertainer who will do whatever it takes, including hurt the people close to him, to open his own nightclub.

But that Pal Joey and this Pal Joey aren’t the same — not entirely, at least. The Rep’s is a significantly different Pal, one re-written by Patrick Pacheco which adds the layer of race to a story that already looks at the power of those of a certain class or sex. In Pacheco’s Pal, Joey (Clifton Oliver) is black (as is his love interest Linda, played by Stephanie Umoh), and the setting is the ever-so-slightly more recent Chicago of 1948.… Read more >

Rocktown Poetry Slam

I think that most people hear “slam poetry” and don’t really know what to think. Possibly some snapping? The only spoken performance I’d previously attended was a reading called Cringe — where people read aloud from their old diaries or journals for an audience. Hence the name. But I soon learned that what I had in mind for this performance art was off. Slam poetry revolves around performance, but it’s also a competition. (That’s the actual slam.) So I joined the audience of Rocktown Slam at the Arkansas Arts Center in August, utterly clueless about what to expect, to learn how a poetry slam goes.… Read more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.